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Reading was the ability to understand and speak written words. One could read for educational purposes or for pleasure. Not being able to read could lead to ignorance.

Vissian cogenitors were not allowed to learn to read. In 2153, Trip Tucker tried to teach Charles how to read, only to face censure from both the other Vissians and Captain Jonathan Archer for interfering. (ENT: "Cogenitor")

Later that year, Bethany illegally taught Skagaran children how to read. Sheriff MacReady felt that this would lead to their learning that the Humans had initially been dominated by the Skagarans on their colony planet. (ENT: "North Star")

In 2267, after her memory was wiped by the probe Nomad, Nyota Uhura had to re-learn how to read with the help of nurse Christine Chapel and a first grade reader. (TOS: "The Changeling")

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